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As Thou, Father, art in
me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)
"An aged Roman Catholic priest who
offered objective moral truth to his parishioners has been relieved of his
office. Bishop Valery Vienneau of the Diocese of Bathurst, in New Brunswick,
Canada, removed Eudist Father Donat Gionet (left) from his ministry because he
gave sermons about homosexuals, abortion, and fornication, clearly enunciating
Roman Catholic teaching on the subjects.
Nervous church authorities, under pressure from “the community,” cashiered
Gionet because he was not “sensitive” enough in articulating the faith."
"If speaking allotment is to reflect
polling trends, Google and Fox clearly failed in this endeavor.
Ron Paul, who is now hitting third place in most polls, is still being shunned
by most of the media, and it continued last evening. Other than Gary Johnson,
he received less speaking time than everyone else on stage. Last night, Mitt
Romney received 12:09, while Rick Perry clocked in at 11:10. Ron Paul, on the
other hand, spoke for 4:33 — not even half a minute more than polling caboose
Gary Johnson, who received only five questions, no responses, no follow-ups
and spoke for a total of just 4:10. John Huntsman, who is polling
significantly lower than Paul in most polls, received the third greatest
amount of time at 7:41."
"The controversy over the Palestinian
bid for statehood should not distract policymakers from the main event.
Assad’s fall — or his attempts to cling to power — could easily trigger
prolonged armed conflict that could well spread beyond Syria’s frontiers. The
situation is exacerbated by the interests of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey,
who all have much to gain or lose if Damascus is abandoned. Iran could lose an
important ally; the Saudis want a Sunni majority government that might be more
radical than its neighbors would like; and Turkey will be worried about the
Kurds. And given the close links between Syria and Lebanon and the weakness
Lebanon’s government and the sectarian factionalism of its politics, it is
likely that anything that happens in Syria will have profound implications for
"Leave aside that this proposed state
has no currency, no recognized boundaries and no support from a Gaza
controlled by Hamas. There are also sizable complications in that the
Palestinians are bound by official agreements to negotiate directly with
Israel and that they have twice in the last decade refused the very state
they’re now asking for from the U.N. In 2000 and 2008, Israel agreed to the
creation of a Palestinian state with virtually all of the territory it had
before the 1967 war. Unfortunately, Palestinian leaders have never been, and
are not now, prepared to permanently give up the claim to all of the land
first laid out by their Islamist leaders in the 1920s."
"I note this to make clear the
particular importance, for me, of Ron Suskind's book on the creation of
President Obama's economic policy, "Confidence Men." If Mr. Suskind is right,
I have been wrong in my critiques of the president's economic policy. None of
it was as bad as I said. It was much worse.
The most famous part of the book is the Larry Summers quote that he saw it as
a "Home Alone" administration, with no grown-ups in charge. But there's more
than that. Most of us remember the president as in a difficult position from
day one: two wars and an economic crash, good luck with that. But Mr. Suskind
recasts the picture.
Like FDR, Mr. Obama had big advantages: "overwhelming popular support,
Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, and the latitude afforded by
crisis." But things were weird from the beginning. Some of his aides became
convinced that his "lack of . . . managerial experience" would do him in. He
ran meetings as if they were afternoon talk shows. An unnamed adviser says the
2009 stimulus legislation was the result of "poor conceptualizing." Another:
"We should have spent more time thinking about where the money was being
spent, rather than simply that there was this hole of a certain size in the
economy that needed to be filled, so fill it." Well, yes.
The decision to focus on health care was the president's own. It could have
been even worse. Some staffers advised him—this was just after the American
economy lost almost 600,000 jobs in one month—that he should focus on global
Mr. Suskind's book is controversial, and some of his sources have accused him
of misquoting them. The White House says Mr. Suskind talked to too many
disgruntled former staffers. But he seems to have talked to a lot of gruntled
ones, too. The overarching portrait of chaos, lack of intellectual depth and
absence of political wisdom, from a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter at
this paper, rings true."
"In regard to the health care "reform"
measure in 2009, President Barack Obama assured the nation that the 1000-plus
page measure was vital -vital- to ensure that all Americans were finally
covered by health insurance. In praising its passage in the House, Obama said
the measure "will begin the process of fixing what's broken about our health
care system, reducing costs for all, building on what works, and covering an
estimated 97 percent of all Americans."
That prediction isn't likely to come true, for even a former head of the
Democratic Party says not only will millions of Americans lose their preferred
coverage after the so-called "Obamacare" legislation kicks in completely, but
its price tag is liable to double.
Howard Dean, a physician, onetime Democratic candidate for president and
former head of the Democratic National Committee, said this week that when
Obamacare takes full effect, as many as one-third of the nation's small
businesses will opt to drop their employee coverage.
"This is very good for small business," Dean said. "There was a McKinsey
study, which the Democrats don't like, but I do, and I think it's true. Most
small businesses are not going to be in the health insurance business anymore
after this thing goes into effect."
The study pointed out that one of Obama's key promises - that employees would
be able to keep their employer-provided insurance plans - won't be true for
employees of about 45 percent of small businesses, because those same
businesses are planning to drop employee coverage because it'll be cheaper for
them to do so.
Which leads to the second of Obama's two main promises - that his healthcare
reform measure won't add to the nation's deficit.
As it turns out, employees who are tossed off their employer's plans will then
be eligible to sign up for one of those government (read taxpayer) provided
health insurance exchange pools. And that, as they say, is where the real
"As I have observed the mainstream
media (MSM, to the cognoscenti) over the past few decades, I have noted a
growing infatuation with the words moderate and extremist. Those words, paired
together in a particular way, have become far more common.
In California, where I live, every time the legislature has trouble passing a
budget, pundits blame it on a decline in the number of moderate members, whose
seats are now held by extremists. Of course, what is really involved is that
Democrats, who have long dominated the legislature, have found it harder to
buy off enough Republican votes to impose their budget priorities, which
invariably involve increasing the burden on some to give more to others. When
opposition-party members who are only moderately attached to the principle of
self-ownership (moderates) are replaced with those more firmly attached to it
(extremists), at least with regard to taxes, the price of buying the necessary
swing votes can rise dramatically. Democrats cannot impose their agenda as
easily and gridlock becomes more common.
The MSM treatment of the tea party during the debt-ceiling impasse followed
much the same line. In the wake of a historic expansion of federal power and
spending, where 40 percent of every dollar had to be borrowed, pundits called
for moderates, because they would compromise toward President Obama's demand
for higher taxes, rather than the current extremists, who wanted to undo some
of the new and improved profligacy in government outlays.
In both of these examples, and many others (such as the MSM treatment of Rep.
Ron Paul throughout his political career), the moderation called for is always
moderation in defense of some aspect of liberty (self-ownership), so that
further inroads can be imposed, with those firmest in their defense tarred as
"They have already tried to infiltrate
the Tea Party to make it seem as if the grassroots movement isn't so populist
as one might think. At a Republican debate sponsored by the Tea Party, Ron
Paul was booed by the very movement his 2008 candidacy started. What's more,
he was booed while answering a question that had been well established. Once
again a candidate questioned Ron Paul's assertion that the foreign policy of
the United States federal government led to the attacks on 9/11. As Dr. Paul
tried to explain the concept of blowback and why meddling in the affairs of
others can lead to feelings of resentment a chorus of boos cascaded from the
crowd. This makes one wonder if the crowd was full of plants or if there are
really that many people involved with the Republican Party and the Tea Party
movement who simply haven't been paying attention for the last few years.
It was Rick Santorum who challenged Ron Paul on this issue, and I was hoping
to see another lambasting like was given to Rudolph Giuliani in a 2008 debate.
After all, the ex senator seems to require an education on the subject. He
could have used a reading list as Dr. Paul gave to Mr. Giuliani to show just
where the idea of blowback comes from. It should be understood that it wasn't
Ron Paul that claimed US foreign policy caused 9/11, he is merely repeating
the opinions of certain CIA operatives and foreign policy experts. Booing and
jeering the messenger will not alter those facts. Trying to make it sound as
if Ron Paul dreamed up the idea of blowback on his own will not make that
concept any less dangerous."
"Once upon a time, America produced 50
percent of the world's finished goods and bestrode the globe like a colossus.
But that was after World War II, when almost no other significant industrial
force confronted the US. It was thus easy to be a statesman, especially in the
You just had to keep your mouth shut and let the ole globe keep spinnin'
along. One, in fact, only had to accept the corporatist, monetarist,
militarist status quo and pretend that America's prosperity was the result of
its "free-market" makeup rather than the continental decimation of two world
Of course, that was then and this is now. Something has gone terribly wrong
with the American exception and with the Western paradigm for prosperity
generally. We have speculated that this unraveling is premeditated. The great
central banking families that want one world government seem to be driving the
West toward bankruptcy in order to get their way.
Yes, perhaps the economic degeneration will not cease until global governance
is achieved. People will be forced to cry out in grief and pain, accepting the
political, monetary, military and judicial centralization that is being
planned. They will be driven toward one world government like beasts herded
toward an abattoir.
Is there some other explanation that makes sense? This economic system with
all its dysfunction and ruin is premeditated. It didn't just "evolve." There
are central banks all over the world now, where 50 years ago there were not.
Most of these report to the Swiss-based BIS. And what the heck is the BIS?
Most people know more about their favorite pop stars and sports heroes than
this pre-eminent organizer of international finance.
Did you ever hear a news item about the BIS? Did you ever see a reporter
standing in front of the BIS, explaining what was going on inside? The BIS may
as well not exist. It is part and parcel of a system that does not explain
itself, or the truth of its evolution or the calculated reality of its
increasingly Draconian actions.
In the place of reality, numerous memes are floated to explain the
inexplicable, expanding ruin of the world. One such meme is that capitalism
itself is unstable and prone to systemic breakdowns. Another is that the
systems in place have not yet been perfected and more globalism is the cure.
And then there is the idea that bickering, dysfunctional leaders are causing
the problems afflicting the world today. This theme is one that is promoted on
and off, depending on the news events of the day. When events seem to justify
it, the theme is rolled out to distract people from the real destruction that
is taking place.
The real destruction has to do with an almost pathological (at this point)
overprinting of paper money. Combine this debasement of currency with sky-high
taxes of up to 50 or even 75 percent in some Western countries, along with a
tidal wave of regulations drowning what is left of any small entrepreneurial
glimmers in America and Europe and you have a recipe for ongoing global ruin.
We are not supposed to notice. We are supposed to blame the unraveling on
other issues. In America, one such issue is the partisan divide between
Democrats and Republicans. Tomasky is good at reporting on this divide and
writing columns about how political partisanship is helping to wreck the US
"...oh how necessary it is for
everyone not wishing to spend their old age in dreariness to become used to
prayer early in life."
St. Theophyl fool-for-Christ
"Ron Paul is certifiably nuts,
according to the studied opinion of National Review pundits. It’s ironic that,
in another feature article this month — in Time magazine, of all places —
writers who presumably disagreed with many of Ron Paul’s ideas nevertheless
managed to produce a thoroughly fair and professional description of Paul and
his ideological influences, including economists Murray Rothbard (another
figure on the libertarian right that Buckley and the National Review have
always despised, and whom Buckley notoriously smeared in a brief obituary),
Hans Sennholz, and Friedrich von Hayek."
"Studies of suicide terrorists have
shown that these attackers' primary motivation is usually not political anger,
or even political ideology at all. More commonly, these individuals are
struggling with severe personal crises and suicidal tendencies. Psychological
assessments of preemptively arrested suicide bombers in Palestine found that
more than 50 percent were depressed and 40 percent were suicidal. As one
suicide terrorist admitted, he was willing to serve terrorist leaders for his
own reasons, but not because he shared their priorities. "I thought hard and
decided to accept their offer to carry out an act of itishhad [martyrdom], not
because I belonged to the organization, but to realize my wish to die."
Furthermore, the sole academic study Paul cites to support his own political
agenda is remarkably flawed. It purports to have proven that more than 95
percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation. That
sounds very impressive -- as does its authors' claim to have analyzed 2,200
separate suicide terrorism incidents since 1980. But the reality is that in
many of these cases, scholars Robert Pape and James Feldman knew nothing about
the individual terrorists except their gender and attack location. Given that
lack of depth, it is professionally irresponsible -- not to mention inaccurate
-- to claim knowledge of these attackers' motives. In addition, Pape has a
very questionable reputation in the academic community: his prior book on
suicide terrorism was ripped by fellow scholars for having a number of glaring
"Bolkovac, whose story has been
adapted into a new movie called The Whistleblower (opening in some theaters on
Aug. 5) tells NPR's Scott Simon that her suspicion was first raised during a
training session in Ft. Worth, Texas, before she ever left for Bosnia. "One of
the men who had done previous missions in Bosnia came bounding into the pool
with a beer stating where he could find really nice 12- to 15-year-olds once
we got to Bosnia," Bolkovac says. Bolkovac says she and the other new officers
tried to convince themselves they had misunderstood.
But once she got to Bosnia, the human trafficking was incredibly apparent. "It
wasn't even well-hidden," Bolkovac says. "These brothels were disguised as
bars and restaurants and hotels and strip clubs and dance clubs, and they were
just scattered throughout the hills of Bosnia. The clientele were all
internationals. I mean, let's face it: the locals didn't have the money to
spend on this kind of an operation, so the international money was definitely
funding the flow of the trade.""
"According to director Larysa
Kondracki, the film actually had to be toned down parts to make the film more
“It (sex-trafficking) was much more wide spread than the film shows. And I
think in a way early scripts were a little more true to that, that didn't
create the sort of sense of discovery for the audience, people just flat-out
thought we were terrible writers and didn't buy the story, so we had to make
it, I think, digestible for audiences,” she said."
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raise taxes in the middle of a recession,” President Barack Obama said in
2009. Two years later, in the midst of a still-struggling economy, Obama is
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